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    Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

The PDET process will allow social conflicts to be addressed through democratic discussion and respect for differences, thus helping to create a broad and effective institutional framework with significant potential for transformation, writes Mariana Escobar Arango (Territorial Renewal Agency, Colombia).

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    Combating inequalities amongst children and the active workforce can boost skills and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Combating inequalities amongst children and the active workforce can boost skills and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Improving skills amongst children and adults alike requires an evidence-based approach to policymaking rather than intuition and theory, argue Mattias Busso, Julian Cristia, Diana Hincapié, Julián Messina and Laura Ripani (Inter-American Development Bank).

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    Extreme weather events in the Caribbean call for a rethink of how Official Development Assistance is allocated

Extreme weather events in the Caribbean call for a rethink of how Official Development Assistance is allocated

The international community must reassess the developmental aid system to take account of the vulnerability of specific regions to the effects climate change, regardless of their income status, writes Polly Hatfield.

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    Could Brazil’s success in tackling intersecting inequalities be a model for the rest of the world?

Could Brazil’s success in tackling intersecting inequalities be a model for the rest of the world?

Often cited as one of the most unequal societies in the world, between 2002 and 2013 Brazil made significant progress in reducing inequality, especially amongst those facing multiple and overlapping inequalities. Drawing on insights from their recent working paper for the LSE International Inequalities Institute, Naila Kabeer (LSE International Development/Gender Studies) and Ricardo Santos (UNU-WIDER) argue that a better understanding of Brazil’s achievements could help other countries make real progress towards the […]

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    Policy innovations in Santiago de Chile show that decent work comes from supporting not repressing informal entrepreneurs

Policy innovations in Santiago de Chile show that decent work comes from supporting not repressing informal entrepreneurs

Poverty is the consequence and not the cause of informal entrepreneurship, and vulnerable populations must be supported rather than repressed in their efforts to escape poverty and low-quality work, writes Pablo Navarrete (LSE Geography and Environment).

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    La productividad en América Latina se puede mejorar mediante incentivación, aseguración e inversión en tecnologías

La productividad en América Latina se puede mejorar mediante incentivación, aseguración e inversión en tecnologías

Con el apoyo adecuado del Estado, las empresas latinoamericanas pueden llegar a ocupar eslabones más altos en las cadenas de valor globales, escribe Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá).

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    Trouble in paradise: the hidden impacts of increasing inequalities in Barbados

Trouble in paradise: the hidden impacts of increasing inequalities in Barbados

Sources of inequality may have changed since the colonial era, but its scale and impact continue to shape Barbadian society, writes Collin Constantine (Kingston University).

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    The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

A coordinated political effort to move toward higher labour productivity, higher valued-added activities, and a solid foundation of public education and health services can only be achieved through elections and negotiations between legitimate representatives, writes Mark S. Langevin.

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    Development for Sale: 18th Century Spanish Colonial Administrators and Long-Run Subnational Disparities in Peru

Development for Sale: 18th Century Spanish Colonial Administrators and Long-Run Subnational Disparities in Peru

Contemporary regional disparities in Peru are related to differences in governance patterns during colonial times, with those provinces that were highly desirable to 18th century Spanish governors suffering greater conflict, ethnic segregation, and economic underdevelopment, writes Jenny Guardado.

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    Investor-state disputes in Ecuador and Argentina show how citizens shape international investment law

Investor-state disputes in Ecuador and Argentina show how citizens shape international investment law

By motivating infringements of International Investment Agreements, shaping approaches to investor-state disputes, and politicising governments’ wider postures, citizens have played an important role in shaping international investment law, writes Julia Calvert.